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Unfortunately, there is no standard out of the box community planning blueprint. As each area is uniquely shaped by its people, culture and surroundings, the approach will be different for every community or neighbourhood.

VP groups can pick and choose recipes that would work best for their communities.

This cookbook which is constantly being updated, lists various recipes from A-Z on how to undertake community planning

How do you get started with community planning?

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Key elements of community-led planning

1. Strong leadership

Planning should be led by a group from the community that has credibility with the different sections of the community. The group must balance the interest of all stakeholders.

2. Community engagement

The community or locality should be involved in every step of the planning process. Isolated groups should be given a voice.

3. Strong evidence base

An effective plan is based on the views of the people which are grounded in evidence of real issues and aspirations.

4. Vision

A clear vision for the future will inform the way ahead. It should be grounded and must relate to opportunities and the the local context.

5. Action plans

the vision should be translated into a an action plan with clear objectives and priorities.

Forming a group

Each place needs to carefully create its own community planning strategy to suit local needs.

First, you will need to form a working group of interested people who will advocate community planning and promote the benefits to the community.

Second, you will need to gain initial participation from community leaders. Planning an event (activity, briefing, forum) is a good start so that stakeholders can understand the purpose of community planning.

Set-up a core group (steering group, advisory committee - how ever you want to call it) which will drive planning activities forward. A leadership structure allows tasks to be designated, promotes sharing of ideas, makes processes transparent, benefits from member skills and gives mandate to engage the community.

Sometimes an existing group will already be in place. A key element will be to expand the group to include important sectors such as ethnic groups, youth, migrants, etc.

The core group is not a representation of the entire community or locality. Rather, it seeks to reflect the important needs and aspirations of the people.

Flaxroots is a priority initiative of the North Shore Community and Social Services funded under the Community Development Scheme of the Department of Internal Affairs